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Epigraph Interview with kī anthony

kī anthony is an autistic lesbian of Indian and Chinese descent. They are the fourth writer whose work has been selected for Epigraph Project. In this interview, they talk about representation for sex workers, their early experiences with tech and open source, and how the internet is both our oppressor and the means for radical change…

Epigraph Interview with Nicole Tan

Nicole Tan’s speculative fiction, Fission, features as the third Epigraph Project of 2020. In this latest interview, Tan talks to editor Amy Weng about what drew them to this genre of fiction, what being a diaspora writer means, and their longstanding interest in fanfiction…

Epigraph Interview with Joanna Cho

In the second Epigraph interview of the year, poet Joanna Cho talks to Hainamana about her recent work and influences, and what she’d like to see change in the New Zealand publishing industry…

Portrait of Nithya Narayanan

Epigraph Interview with Nithya Narayanan

In this first interview for Epigraph, a project introducing readers to new and emerging Asian New Zealand writers, Hainamana editor Amy Weng speaks to Nithya Narayanan about Inheritance, the grotesque body, and the role that fiction can play in conceptualising precarity and trauma…

Elisabeth Pointon, WOULD YOU LOOK AT THAT, 2019. Photo by Kasmira Krefft

WOULD YOU LOOK AT THAT: In Conversation with Elisabeth Pointon

ROBBIE HANDCOCK | WOULD YOU LOOK AT THAT. was an exhibition by Wellington artist Elisabeth Pointon held at play_station gallery in January 2019. The project consisted of a plane towed banner reading “SPECTACULAR.” flown over One Tree Hill, Auckland. The following is the result of an artist talk between Elisabeth and Robbie Handcock held in association with the show…

Actor and social media influencer, Tian Tan

A Korero with Tian Tan

AUSTIN TSENG | Tian Tan is one of those Kiwi legends that, like those crunchy bits in a serve of hot chips, pop up here and there but always leave a memorable impression. An actor, Tan has appeared in such productions as The New Legends of Monkey on Netflix, and the hit web series Baby Mama’s Club. Many will also know him as Main Man Tian Tan from his videos on Facebook and Youtube, where he posts comedy sketches and life advice…

Left to right: Nikita 雅涵 Tu-Bryant, Chye-Ling Huang and Marianne Infante in Tide Waits for No Man: Episode Grace

In Conversation with Nikita Tu-Bryant

JESS HONG | Tu-Bryant is a musician, actor, writer, visual artist, puppeteer and director who identifies as a storyteller of Taiwanese and New Zealand European descent. She had just driven back to Wellington with a car full of set pieces, having rehearsed for several weeks in Auckland for her upcoming devised show Tide Waits for No Man: Episode Grace…

Asian Aotearoa Arts Hui organisers Amy Weng, Kerry Ann Lee and Kim Lowe. Photo by Kirsten Ng

A roundtable discussion with Kerry Ann Lee, Kim Lowe & Amy Weng – AAAH2018

AMY WENG | The beginning of September marks the opening of the Asian Aotearoa Arts Hui 2018, and a three-week long celebration of diverse Asian New Zealand creative arts. Ahead of the event, past and present hui organisers Kim Lowe, Amy Weng and Kerry Ann Lee caught up to talk about how the hui has developed, what issues remain unsolved, and what hope this year’s event will bring…

Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan, From Pillars to Posts: Project Another Country, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2018

In Conversation with Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan

AISHA JOHAN | Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan are a husband-and-wife team who emigrated from the Philippines to Australia in 2006. Their artworks often address themes of displacement, change, memory and community. Together they have exhibited at a number of international exhibitions including the 50th International Art Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia…

Renee Liang, producer of 等凳 - The Chairs, at Te Pou Theatre. Photo by Bob Scott Photography

In Conversation with Renee Liang and Hweiling Ow

AMY WENG | What can a farcical relationship between a man and a woman teach us about language, loss and living? This winter, Eugène Ionesco’s Les Chaises (The Chairs), has been adapted by four Aotearoa theatremakers into Pākeha English, Te Reo Māori, Samoan and Cantonese. Editor Amy Weng caught up with the Cantonese season producer Renee Liang, and director Hweiling Ow, to reflect on the importance of language on and off the stage…

Yukari Kaihori: The emotional landscape

NATASHA MATILA-SMITH | Yukari Kaihori is a Japanese artist based in Whanganui-a-Tara who creates paintings which examine the intersections between physical and metaphysical landscapes, often employing chance mark-making that invites rich associations between nature and the psychological. Her current exhibition at Corban Estate Art Centre runs until 27 May 2018…